The dining table used to be the place where the family came together, but these days as we eat out more it’s now ended up on the endangered species list. But there is something you can do to save the dining table from extinction.
Almost 80% of Australians eat dinner on the sofa in front of the television. We watch on average about 2 1/2 hours of TV a day and only talk to our partners for about 12 minutes every day! One of the reasons that eating dinner around the dining table is dying is because of the lack of time. We are so busy at work, we all come home at different times of the evening, and when we do get home we are so tired the last thing we feel like doing is preparing a meal.
So it’s time to make some changes and switch off the TV! Bring the dining table back into your home because the family that eats together keeps together!
In her own quest to save the dining table, Shannon gives us her top 5 – based on design, functionality, flexibility and suitability for our changing family homes.
THE CLASSIC: Tulip Table by Eero Saarinen
The round shape of this table allows for easy conversation and sharing of dishes. The central pedestal design of this table gives extra space for legs underneath, which further enhances its sexiness. $4,880
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THE INDOOR OUTDOOR: Deck by Join
The combination of the stainless steel frame and wooden frame form a sleek combination for dining inside but of course take it outside and the wooden slats weather to a shimmery silvery grey. The wheels means going in or out is always an option. 2100 x 950 mm. $5,314 + GST
THE SPACE SAVER: Lokka by Tina Christensen
For those that lead a more mobile lifestyle and a home on the go, this table is perfect as it easily adapts from a side table to a 4 person dining table. Perfect also for small spaces. $119.
THE CASUAL: Bend by Mårten Claesson (Scandinavium)
This table is perfect for casual dining style in your home. Made from Birch it is light in appearance and weight. And the curved edges and legs put this table in the stylish set, but it can also double up as a desk. 1800 x 800 $5,900.
THE MULTIFUNCTIONAL: Cresendo by Pagnon & Pelhaitre (Ligne Roset)
If you don’t have a space for a permanent dining table, than this coffee table is the design for you. Simply flick a switch and it extends out to a 6 seater dining table. But beauty hasn’t been compromised for functionality. This table is seriously cool. $3,366.